Inspired by the growing enthusiasm for trail running among Mauritians and foreigners alike, Yan de Maroussem, one of Mauritius’ star trail-runners, Louis de Spéville, the owner of a travel agency, and Yannick de Spéville, his son, came up with the idea of organising an ultra-trail in Mauritius in 2011. What better name for a cross-country run through the heart of Mauritius than the Dodo Trail? Since its foundation in 2011, the Dodo Trail has gained both visibility and an enviable reputation in the sporting world. It has become a way for both Mauritians and visitors to discover the island paradise of Mauritius, and its west coast in particular, in a different light. The event gives trailers the opportunity to discover private estates and the many wonders of the Black River Gorges National Park, whose peaks offer breath-taking views over the Mauritian lagoon.